“By Chance”

Many people live their lives doing the same thing over and over – yet, expecting different results every time. They are big at taking chances. They play the lottery, “hoping” to get rich quick. They date the same kind of person thinking that “this one will be different.” They expect to lose weight, but they maintain their same lifestyle. Yes, too many people believe that life will get better by chance, but it truly only improves by change.

Change requires action. Paul explained in Ephesians 5:22-24 that we must “put off your former manner of life, which is corrupt; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and holiness of truth.” You must change – starting in your thoughts. The church at Philippi was reminded that “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely whatsoever things are of good report, if there by any virtue, and if there by any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Once your thoughts change, your actions must follow. For when you come to the realization that you are not living according to God’s will, then, we must “be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving our own selves” (James 1:22). We might have to change the way we dress (“modestly, with decency and propriety” I Timothy 2:9), the language we use (let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth” Ephesians 4:29), and the friends that we see (for “evil companions corrupt good morals” I Corinthians 15:33). We must “grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).

If we want our lives to improve – it won’t be by chance. It only gets better by change. Simply blessed, Courtney

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